St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Oundjian gets the 9th [Mahler Symphony No. 9] and all its facets; he maintained what seemed to be effortless control over his large forces and the arc of the symphony, for a formidable performance overall that brought to light all of its conflicting emotions.”
“Oundjian and the musicians beautifully captured Britten’s unsettling combination of surface exuberance and menace underneath, and an equally vibrant account of the Beethoven Triple Concerto drew a tumult of applause…”
“The conductor managed to make Mussorgsky’s well-worn “Pictures” sound quite fresh and invigorating. He lingered effectively over the moodiest movements, seeking out nuances of dynamics and phrasing that helped bring subtle details into focus. And he unleashed terrific power for the in-your-face passages, most impressively in the almost Shostakovich-like assault midway through “Bydlo” and in the concluding “Great Gate of Kiev,” when Oundjian’s spacious pacing and tonal contrasts kept the music from peaking too soon.”
A dynamic presence in the conducting world, Peter Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality.
The 2018-19 season includes debuts with the Indianapolis and New Zealand Symphony Orchestras, and return engagements with the St. Louis, Baltimore, Atlanta, Utah, Colorado, and New World Symphonies as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. In January 2019 he transitioned from Artistic Advisor to Music Director for the Colorado Music Festival, commencing a five year tenure.
2017-18 marked Oundjian’s fourteenth and final season as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO). Oundjian and the TSO’s recording of Vaughan Williams’ Orchestral Works won a JUNO Award for Best Classical Album: Large Ensemble in 2019. His appointment in 2004 reinvigorated the orchestra with recordings, tours, and acclaimed innovative programming, as well as extensive audience growth, significantly strengthening the ensemble’s presence in the world. In 2014, he led the TSO on a tour of Europe, which included a sold-out performance at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and the first performance of a North American orchestra at Reykjavík’s Harpa Hall. In the 16-17 season, Oundjian led the TSO on a major tour of Israel and Europe.
From 2012 to 2018, Oundjian was Music Director of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO). Under his baton, the orchestra toured China, the USA, and across Europe. Together they recorded extensively for Sony and Chandos, and presented Britten’s monumental War Requiem at the 2018 BBC Proms.
Few conductors bring such musicianship and engagement to the world’s great podiums—from Berlin, Amsterdam, and Tel Aviv, to New York, Chicago, and Sydney. He has also appeared at some of the great annual gatherings of music and music-lovers: from the BBC Proms and the Prague Spring Festival, to the Edinburgh Festival and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Mozart Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2003 to 2005.
Oundjian was Principal Guest Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from 2006 to 2010 and Artistic Director of the Caramoor International Music Festival in New York from 1997 to 2007. Since 1981, he has been a visiting professor at the Yale School of Music, and earned the university’s Sanford Medal for distinguished service to music in 2013.